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LENA Danube Guides Pilot Programme

Posted on 13 June 2019

The training enabled the new Danube Guides to better design their own innovative touristic offers and create new income opportunities for protected areas.
Training Danube nature and tourist guides across borders - 97 people from 6 countries (Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia and Germany) were trained and certified as Danube Guides to communicate the importance of protecting nature to the public.
The training enabled the new Danube Guides to better design their own innovative touristic offers (e.g. guided tours, nature workshops, landscape interpretation, etc.) and thus create new income opportunities for regions and protected areas.
Transnational and regional trainings
During an intensive five-day workshop at National Park Donau-Auen in Orth (Austria) in April 2018, participants from Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia and Germany were equipped to become Danube Guide trainers. The national courses consisted of four 2.5 day modules each designed to give participants the necessary tools to convey content, or help participants to develop an educational tourism product themselves. These modules included regional-specific theoretical content about the history of the Danube, sustainable development, ecosystems, cultural and natural heritage, societal trends, marketing and communication, didactics and product development, and lots of practical guidance, interactive methods and motivation.
The qualification programme was conceived by the Donaubüro Ulm/Neu-Ulm together with Response & Ability Gmbh. Donaubüro Ulm/Neu-Ulm (DE) was responsible for the implementation.
About LENA
The international Interreg Danube Transnational Project-funded Local Economy and Nature Conservation in the Danube Region (LENA) worked with 11 protected areas covering more than 375,000 ha and more than 14 Natura 2000 sites. The sites were chosen based on outstanding natural values and untapped potential for sustainable economic use. The project covered approximately half a million people, most of them living in communities with low income (monthly income ranging between 200 and 500 EUR) and struggling with out-migration and ageing populations. 
The broad partnership coalition implementing LENA (17 partners from 9 Danube countries) supported and strengthened joint and integrated approaches and policies for the conservation and sustainable use of protected areas, in particular in Natura 2000 sites along the Danube and its tributaries. It created new income opportunities in the nature-based economic sector and up-scaled impact across the region.
For more information:
Zsombor Aradszki,Communications Officer, LENA Project
Danube Guide Training in National Park Donau-Auen
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